Disclosure Details

Incidents - 662/14

Dated: 29 Sep 2014

Date of request:    18/08/14

Date of response:  18/09/14

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 18 August 2014 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

I would like information relating to incidents in which the force has been called to deal with people wearing fancy dress costumes.

If it is not possible to identify the type of fancy dress costume (point 2 - below) then I would like the same information but specifically for people dressed as ‘Ghosts’. The type of costume is the detail that I am most interested in.

I would like the following details for each incident that has occurred since January 1 2013:

1. The date and location of the incident
2. The type(s) of fancy dress costume(s) involved
3. The nature of the incident - e.g. suspicious circumstances, criminal damage - and, if possible, a brief description of what occurred.
4. The outcome of the incident - e.g. whether anybody was arrested, cautioned etc.

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Strategy and Performance Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

The information provided  is based on incidents occurring between 01/01/2013 and 31/07/2014 in which at least one of the following key words was mentioned in the incident report: 'fancy dress', 'costume', 'ghost' or 'outfit'. Each incident record was then reviewed to ensure it was relevant to the request.

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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